Nicaragua might just have the best street food in Latin America. Fritanga, you can find in virtually any city here, loosely translates as “cheap food.” It’s usually chicken or beef, grilled on a bbq and served with salad, fried plantain and tortilla. When we rolled into Estelí from San Salvador, we had worked up quite an appetite, treating ourselves to some genuine Mexican-made tacos. The secret, behind Tacos Mario’s Mexicanos is that they use Quesillo, a salty type of not-quite-matured Nicaraguan cheese that makes the marinated beef and chicken burst with flavor in every bite.
The next night, we decided to take a walk. You can’t really expect to find a fritanga joint as easily as to stumble on to one. Most are away from touristy centers and are almost always run out of people’s houses. After a few minutes, we followed our nose to a remote side of town and were treated to some of the freshest chicken I’ve ever had. There’s something so delicious, simple and natural about fritanga, we are making it a daily routine. And at $3-4 a plate, it’s by far the most economic option here.